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Debden

Post by scimjim » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:18 am

Debden ((MR: 154/TL567344), Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex) is an old airfield, so wide open, flat, tarmac with loose gravel, repaired sections and the occasional rut! Often described as a cross between North Weald (another airfield) and Curborough :-)
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The paddock is a wide open tarmac area behind the start line (cold and bleak if its wet & windy, otherwise just bleak). From the start, it's a long left to the roundabout (cones), then back on yourself for a short burst before turning left (once clear of this section, the next car car is allowed to start). A long right, sharp left, long right brings you to the top of the course, where it narrows between some trees, grassed area and cones complex bringing you out onto the main runway again. The course tightens through a go-kart track before a quick burst to the line.

*update from James Carter 2013 - the course has changed a lot since most of us have sprinted there. The "new" style go kart complex (changed around 4 years ago) and a new change for last year is that the course starts and goes down the spectator slip road through a skiing style slalom around a massive hairpin and back down to what was the exit of the old "roundabout".

The cone locations can be subtly different with each event and repairs are occasionally made to the track, so it's recommended to walk the track - but be warned, it's over a mile long :-)

It's also a military site (part of Carver Barracks, home of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) - not accessed through main barrack gates), so entry is strictly controlled via passes issued with final regs. overnight camping is normally available but the gate is only opened at specific times (1400-1700 the day before but check SRs)


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Re: Debden

Post by backpain » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:58 am

It used to be RAF Debden home of the police training back In 71 John


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Re: Debden

Post by cookieboy » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:30 am

whats it like for spectators ?


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Re: Debden

Post by scimjim » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:32 am

Terrible :-)

The open nature makes it bleak, no cover when it's raining, sleeting, snowing - but as it's flat, you can see just about all of the track, just no vantage points to gain any height.


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Re: Debden

Post by cookieboy » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:34 am

one for a sunny day then .


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Re: Debden

Post by scimjim » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:41 am

Some pictures from 2010 showing the open nature of the track
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Re: Debden

Post by cookieboy » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:50 am

well seeing that lydden and Debden are fairly close to me .I would like to go next year .would the club also not consider doing the motorsports event at crystal palace ?


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Re: Debden

Post by landy109 s2a » Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:50 am

:evil: That name brings back memories. USAF Base during WW2.In moth balls for many years, and reopended around 1960 for RAF Police training. I was stationed there in 1961/2 and 1966. :roll: Bleak wet and windy sums it up just right.



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Re: Debden

Post by scimjim » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:04 pm

The airfield has been inactive for most of its life, so a credit to the B19MC who do far more prep than simply putting some cones out the day before.

Dave - the RSSOC at Crystal Palace is organised by Tony & Jaki but we're not an invited club as the SSSC.


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Re: Debden

Post by cookieboy » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:10 pm

scimjim wrote:The airfield has been inactive for most of its life, so a credit to the B19MC who do far more prep than simply putting some cones out the day before.

Dave - the RSSOC at Crystal Palace is organised by Tony & Jaki but we're not an invited club as the SSSC.
oh right I see .I enjoyed going this year .


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